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News Release

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Media Relations

Grand Theft Suspect Wanted NR17146aj

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Topanga Area Detectives, Theft Section are seeking the public's assistance in identifying and apprehending a suspect who has committed grand thefts in the San Fernando Valley.

On May 16, 2017, around 12:25 p.m., the suspect entered a Boost Mobile cellular phone business located in the 19700 block of Vanowen Street, in the City of Winnetka. The suspect asked the salesperson to see new iPhones. When the salesperson refused to show the suspect the phones and directed him to their display models, the suspect accused the salesperson of being racist. Fearing being labeled a racist, the salesperson presented the new iPhones to the suspect. Once the phones were in his reach, the suspect grabbed the phones and fled the business.

Later that day, around 2:50 p.m., the suspect went to another cellular phone business in the City of Oxnard. The suspect used the same tactic and stole an additional iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S8.

The suspect is described as a male black, 22-28 years old, stands 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 150-170 pounds, and has short black hair.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Topanga Area Detective Abbinanti at 818-756-5848. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.